Contemporary artist, London, UK
About the Artist
London based Olga Geoghegan, is a technical virtuoso and her universal and haunting paintings of people, places or objects are strongly influenced by her childhood growing up in Ukhta, then in the North of the Soviet Union.
At the age of ten, Olga moved 1,000 miles from home to take up a place at the Leningrad Academy of Art's special art school and then graduated from the St. Petersburg Academy of Art, Russia's most prestigious art institution, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and situated across the River Neva from the world famous Hermitage museum.
In the early 90s, she was one of the first Russian painters to be invited to exhibit in Western Europe with successful exhibitions taking place in London and Vienna. She has subsequently exhibited many times in London (including at the Royal Drawing School and Messums) as well as in Scotland, Spain, USA and, of course, Russia.
"People have very different life experiences," she says, "but their humanity is constant, wherever they are from and whatever era they have lived through."